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Action Alert: Ask your Senator today to Vote Yes on SB 513 - Complete Streets

Friday, May 13 2011 11:47

Action Alert Banner - BikeTexas 20 years

Time is running out,

Please Ask Your State Senator TODAY

to Support the Complete Streets Bill!

 

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SB 513 passed out of committee yesterday, and we must confirm 21 YES votes in the Senate before it can be brought for a vote on the Senate floor, which could happen as early as Tuesday. Please call your senator NOW and ask if they intend to vote YES or NO on Complete Streets (SB 513), then  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. how he or she responded.

The deadline has passed for bills to be scheduled for a vote in the House, so the House version of Complete Streets is effectively dead.  This means our only chance to pass the bill is in the Senate, and that's why we need YOU to ask your senator to vote FOR SB 513!

Yesterday, The Complete Streets bill passed another milestone, when the Senate Transportation Committee voted SB 513 out of committee. The vote was 5-4.Voting for the bill were SenatorsRodney Ellis, Wendy Davis, Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, Kirk Watson and Jeff Wentworth.  Voting againstwere Senators Chris Harris, Robert Nichols, Florence Shapiro and Tommy Williams.

 

Now we have to act quickly for the bill to have a chance of making it through before the end of the legislative session!

 

The bill must be voted on in the Senate NEXT WEEK, so it can have time to go to the House for a vote.

 

To find out who your State Senator is, click here!

 

Find your senator's contact information here.

 

For information on the Complete Streets bill such as bill language, supporting organizations and bill authors, go to the BikeTexas website.

 

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Before writing or calling, please review our general guidelines for writing your representatives. Some specific points we suggest you make for a letter or phone call regarding SB 513 are:

  • Properly address your representative (see our general guidelines) Identify yourself as a constituent (e.g. "I'm a voter in District 4", or "I live in your district.")
  • Briefly state your background and any relevant affiliations (e.g., I'm a city official/engineer/PTA member/parent and a member of BikeTexas)
  • State that SB 513 (the Complete Streets Bill) is important to you and why in a short sentence or two. Make it personal to your experience. See our FAQ's for ideas.
  • Ask that your representative vote Yes on SB 513. Making a specific request is key. You might ask it as a question, e.g. "Will you support SB 513?"
  • Be polite. You might thank them for their public service.

For more information, contact BikeTexas at 512-476-7433 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Please forward this information to your friends and neighbors!

 

Action Alert: Ask Senate Transportation Committee to vote YES on SB 513

Thursday, April 28 2011 18:28

Action Alert Banner - BikeTexas 20 years

House Transportation Committee Approves Complete Streets!

The bill passed the House committee yesterday, but is still pending in the Senate committee.

 

We need you to:

Ask the Senate committee members to vote YES on Complete Streets

Complete Streets LogoThe Senate Transportation Committee has heard the Complete Streets Bill (SB 513), but they have left it pending and have not yet scheduled a vote.  The bill must be passed out of this committee in order to be voted on the Senate floor!

If you are a constituent of a Senator on the Transportation Committee (see list below), and you haven't contacted your senator yet, you can help by calling or writing your him or her in support of the Complete Streets Bill.

Let us know you've called or CC us on the email. (If you're not a constituent of any of the committee members, it would not be helpful to contact them.) Click here to find out what Texas Senate district you are in.


 

Please only write or call if you are a constituent of a Senate Transportation Committee member, listed below:

District 4: Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands). Committee Chair.
Phone: (512) 463-0104, (281) 364-9426.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 14: Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin).  Committee Vice Chair.
Phone: (512) 463-0114.  Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 10: Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) Bill author (constituents, you may want to send her a thank you note for authoring the bill).
Phone: (512) 463-0110, (817) 332-3338.  Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 13: Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) Bill author (constituents, you may want to send him a thank you note for authoring the bill).
Phone: (512) 463-0113, (713) 236-0306.  Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 9: Sen. Chris Harris (R-Arlington)
Phone: (512) 463-0109, (817) 461-9109.  Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 20: Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
Phone: (512) 463-0120, (956) 972-1841 .  Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 3: Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville)
Phone: (512) 463-0103, (903) 589-3003.  Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 8: Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano)
Phone: (512) 463-0108, (972) 403-3404.  Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 25: Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio)
Phone: (512) 463-0125, (210) 826-7800.  Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. '; document.write( '' ); document.write( addy_text78840 ); document.write( '<\/a>' ); //--> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Before writing, please review our general guidelines for writing your representatives, this will help you write a very effective letter. Some specific points we suggest you make for a letter or phone call regarding SB 513 are:

  • Properly address your representative (see our general guidelines)
  • Identify yourself as a constituent (e.g. "I'm a voter in District XX", or "I live in your district.")
  • Briefly state your background and any relevant affiliations (e.g., I'm a city official/engineer/PTA member/parent and a member of BikeTexas)
  • State that SB 513 (the Complete Streets Bill) is important to you and why in a short sentence or two. Make it personal to your experience. See our FAQ's for ideas.
  • Ask that they vote Yes on SB 513. Making a specific request is key. You might ask it as a question, e.g. "Will you support SB 513?"
  • Be polite. You might thank them for their public service.
   

URGENT: Complete Streets Senate Hearing Wed., April 13!

Monday, April 11 2011 09:33

Please make time to attend this important hearing
for our Complete Streets legislation!

Wednesday, April 13
Complete Streets Senate Committee Hearing

Texas Cyclists! The Complete Streets Bill has been scheduled for a hearing in the Senate Transportation Committee, and we need your help!

If you can be in Austin, please plan to attend the hearing, wearing a suit and ready to fill out a card in support of the bill.  This hearing will be vital for the future passage of the bill, and we need to make an impression!

Please see below for details.

If you are a constituent of a Senator on the Transportation Committee (see list below), you can also help by calling or writing in support of the Complete Streets Bill.

Details

Wednesday, April 13, 2011, 8:30 am
Senate Transportation Committee Hearing Room, E1.016

The Senate Transportation Committee has scheduled the Complete Streets Bill (SB 513) for a hearing, and we need a strong show of support at the hearing!  We have identified expert witnesses to testify, but we need a huge turnout of cyclists wearing suits and bike pins, ready to fill out a card in support. If you would like to submit written testimony that would also be welcome.

Who Should Attend?

Every person who can! But especially constituents of the Transportation Committee members, listed below.  Please wear a suit, and be prepared to wait a couple hours- the committee hearings rarely stay on schedule! In addition, everyone who lives within 100 miles of Austin, and can easily get to the hearing, should also attend.

If you are a constituent of a Senator listed below, but cannot make the trip to Austin, please call or write to urge them to vote YES on SB 513. Let us know you've called or CC us on the email. (If you're not a constituent of any of the committee members, it would not be helpful to contact them.) Click here to find out what Texas Senate district you are in.

Before writing, please review our general guidelines for writing your representatives, this will help you write a very effective letter. Some specific points we suggest you make for a letter or phone call regarding SB 513 are:

  • Properly address your representative (see our general guidelines)
  • Identify yourself as a constituent (e.g. "I'm a voter in District XX", or "I live in your district.")
  • Briefly state your background and any relevant affiliations (e.g., I'm a city official/engineer/PTA member/parent and a member of BikeTexas)
  • State that SB 513 (the Complete Streets Bill) is important to you and why in a short sentence or two. Make it personal to your experience. See our FAQ's for ideas.
  • Ask that they vote Yes on SB 513. Making a specific request is key. You might ask it as a question, e.g. "Will you support SB 513?"
  • Be polite. You might thank them for their public service.

Please only write or call if you are a constituent of a Senate Transportation Committee member, listed below:

District 4: Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands). Committee Chair.
Phone: (512) 463-0104, (281) 364-9426.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 14: Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin).  Committee Vice Chair.
Phone: (512) 463-0114.  Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 10: Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) Bill author (constituents, you may want to send her a thank you note for authoring the bill).
Phone: (512) 463-0110, (817) 332-3338.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 13: Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) Bill author (constituents, you may want to send him a thank you note for authoring the bill).
Phone: (512) 463-0113, (713) 236-0306.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 9: Sen. Chris Harris (R-Arlington)
Phone: (512) 463-0109, (817) 461-9109.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 20: Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen)
Phone: (512) 463-0120, (956) 972-1841 .  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 3: Sen. Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville)
Phone: (512) 463-0103, (903) 589-3003.  Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 8: Sen. Florence Shapiro (R-Plano)
Phone: (512) 463-0108, (972) 403-3404.  Email:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

District 25: Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio)
Phone: (512) 463-0125, (210) 826-7800.  Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

   

ROOM CORRECTION - March 16 Complete Streets Public Hearing - Rm. E2.028

Tuesday, March 15 2011 15:27

CompleteStreetsTx-Logo-v2Don't forget - WE NEED YOU Wednesday morning, March 16, at the Capitol in room E2.028 for the Complete Streets hearing! The hearing starts at 8am, and don't forget to wear a suit!

The hearing will take place in Room E2.028. See BikeTexas.org/CompleteStreets for more details.

   

ACTION ALERT - El Paso to vote on Safe Passing

Monday, December 06 2010 16:45

El Paso cyclists-

The El Paso City Council will vote on the Safe Passing Ordinance tomorrow, Tuesday, December 7!

BikeTexas has been working with the El Paso City Council for months to bring forward a Safe Passing Ordinance. Now is the time for El Paso cyclists to show their strength and to help make sure it passes. You can:

  • Call or email and urge your city councilmember to support El Paso cyclists by voting for the ordinance.
  • Attend the council meeting and speak in favor of the ordinance.

To find your Council Representative, click here! The Safe Passing Ordinance is Item #8 on the regular agenda. Please show your support by attending the hearing!

Go to www.BikeTexas.org/safepassing to see the draft ordinance language that BikeTexas recommends, Q and A and Talking Points.

Please use this link to forward this article to other El Paso-area cyclists!

   

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